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Music Therapy Handbook


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Table of Contents

I. Overview and Issues
1. Overview of Music Therapy as a Profession, Barbara L. Wheeler
2. A History of Music Therapy, William Davis & Susan Hadley
3. Aesthetic Foundations of Music Therapy: Music and Emotion, James Hiller
4. Music Therapy and the Brain, Concetta M. Tomaino
5. Music Therapy and Cultural Diversity, Seung-A Kim & Annette Whitehead-Pleaux
6. Ethics in Music Therapy, Debbie Bates
7. Music Therapy Assessment, Anne W. Lipe
8. Music Therapy Research, Debra S. Burns & Anthony Meadows
9. Evidence-Based Practice in Music Therapy, Felicity A. Baker
10. Music Therapy Methods, Susan Gardstrom & Suzanne Sorel
II. Orientations and Approaches
11. Psychodynamic Approaches, Connie Isenberg
12. Humanistic Approaches, Brian Abrams
13. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches, Suzanne Hanser
14. Developmental Approaches, Cynthia A. Briggs
15. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Nina Guerrero, David Marcus, & Alan Turry
16. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Madelaine Ventre & Cathy H. McKinney
17. Analytical Music Therapy, Benedikte B. Scheiby
18. Neurologic Music Therapy, Corene P. Hurt-Thaut & Sarah B. Johnson
19. Community Music Therapy, Brynjulf Stige
20. Music Therapy in Expressive Arts, Margareta Warja
III. Clinical Applications
A. Music Therapy for Children and Adolescents
21. Music Therapy for Developmental Issues in Early Childhood, Marcia Humpal
22. Music Therapy for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, Beth McLaughlin & Ruthlee Figlure Adler
23. Music Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, John A. Carpente & A. Blythe LaGasse
24. Music Therapy for Children with Speech and Language Disorders, Kathleen M. Howland
25. Music Therapy for Children with Sensory Deficits, Greta E. Gillmeister & Paige Elwafi
26. Music Therapy in the Schools, Katrina Skewes McFerran
B. Music Therapy for Adults
27. Music Therapy for Adults with Mental Illness, Gillian Stephens Langdon
28. Music Therapy in Addictions Treatment, Kathleen M. Murphy
29. Music Therapy for Older Adults, Hanne Mette Ridder & Barbara L. Wheeler
30. Music Therapy for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence, Elizabeth York & Sandra L. Curtis
31. Music Therapy for Survivors of Traumatic Events, Ronald M. Borczon
32. Music Therapy for Grief and Loss, Robert E. Krout
C. Medical Music Therapy
33. Music Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Helen Shoemark & Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
34. Medical Music Therapy for Children, Joanne Loewy
35. Medical Music Therapy for Adults, Carol Shultis & Lisa Gallagher
36. Music Therapy for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Neurological Disorders, Jeanette Tamplin
37. Music Therapy at the End of Life, Clare O'Callaghan, Lucy Forrest, & Yun Wen
Author Index
Subject Index

About the Author

Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, is Professor Emerita at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she taught from 1975 to 2000. Dr. Wheeler initiated the music therapy program at the University of Louisville in 2000, retiring in 2011. She presents and teaches in the United States and internationally, with current faculty appointments at the Department of Social Studies, University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg-Schweinfurt, Wurzburg, Germany; and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland. She has been an active clinician throughout her career, working with diverse clientele. Dr. Wheeler has edited and authored several chapters, articles, and books, including Music Therapy Research? (now in its third edition), and Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist. She is a past president of the American Music Therapy Association and former Interview Coeditor for Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.


"Covers some of the richest topics and issues of our profession, and does so with great depth and scope. The volume embraces research, assessment, clinical applications, history, ethics, and diversity. It paints a portrait of the full array of music therapy approaches while covering the age spectrum of children to adults. Nothing is lacking. This is a dynamic, instructive, inspiring tool for anyone seeking insights and wisdom from leading music therapists. It is a powerful resource that should be kept close at hand."--Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC, Director of Art and Music Therapy, Seidman Cancer Center/University Hospitals Case Medical Center

"The most comprehensive work of its kind that I have seen. Synthesizing evidence-based approaches into a single volume helps to move music therapy beyond the untested and unproven and establish professional legitimacy and efficacy. Practitioners and educators get a clear view of the best therapeutic strategies for helping clients in the search for healing and wholeness."--Terry L. Singer, PhD, Dean, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

"Wheeler's Music Therapy Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of approaches to music therapy practice, covering a wide range of models that have influenced the profession. Numerous case vignettes throughout bring the material to life, offering the reader a vicarious taste of the breadth of practice, settings, and populations with whom music therapists work. Music therapy professionals and students will appreciate the accessibly written perspectives on theory and practice. For those in multidisciplinary practice, it will serve as a reference to help to determine what music therapy might bring to their health, education, or medical program."--Wendy Magee, PhD, Music Therapy Program, Temple University

"This welcome volume stands out because of its breadth of coverage and applicability. The choice of topics and their scholarly treatment will engage readers, whether they are novices to music therapy or very experienced. It will also be useful to professors and students at both graduate and undergraduate levels."--Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT, Division of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University

"Simply put, this is the most comprehensive text to date in our field. I am currently using portions of it in every undergraduate course I teach, and in some graduate courses as well. The contributors are an international 'who's who' in music therapy, and the comprehensive references in each chapter serve as great bibliographies for anyone looking to do further research. I have no reservations about using this book in classes and recommending it as a reference to students preparing for internships, their board certification exam, or their future clinical careers."--Andrew Knight, PhD, MT-BC, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Colorado State University

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